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Five Star Friday's 249th Edition Is Brought to You By Jack Vance

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by dealing with poverty, creating with humanity in mind, assumptions about femininity, who we and our children become in the face of our recorded stories, the effects of the residential school system in Canada, sick social systems, a struggle with depression, and

Jack Vance

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photo credit: Hayford Peirce

A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story. He's supposed to be completely immersed, submerged in the environment.
— Jack Vance

Happy Friday!

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Hunger Hurts

" by

Jack Monroe

at

A Girl Called Jack

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Tomorrow, my small boy will be introduced to the world of pawnbroking, watching as his mother hands over the TV and the guitar for an insulting price, but something towards bridging the gap between the fear of homelessness, and hanging in for a week or two more.

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Your App Makes Me Fat

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Kathy Sierra

at

Serious Pony

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That one new feature you added? That sparkly, Techcrunchable, awesome feature? What did it cost your user? If the result of your work consumes someone’s cognitive resources, they can’t use those resources for other things that truly, deeply matter. This is NOT about consuming their time and attention while they're using your app. This is about draining their ability for logical thinking, problem-solving, and willpower after the clicking/swiping/gesturing is done.

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All the World's a Stage

" by

Vikki Reich

at

Up Popped a Fox

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People look at me and see my short hair and notice that I wear no make-up and think that I don’t care much about my appearance. But let me tell you, I am as vain as they come.
And this is what I know – the world is a stage and we wake each day and decide the character we will play.

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The Blogged Generation

" by

Charlie

at

How to Be a Dad

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I have strong concerns as a writer, a content creator and, most importantly, as a father to a four-year old boy. He is now recognized at the zoo and other public venues because of my online journaling. And now another child will enter my family. What does the future look like for a generation of children that will be the most recorded and documented in human history?

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But For the Grace of God, Go I

" by Christina Coolidge at

Simon Fraser University

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I do want to discuss in brief the effects of the residential school system and the difficulty in living in a society that demonizes Aboriginal people for their pain, rather than embrace the truth of genocide in Canada’s not too distant past.

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Sick Systems: How to Keep Someone With You Forever

" by

Issendai

at

Issendai's Superhero Training Journal

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Once you're out of the system, it makes no sense at all. None of the carrots they dangled before you mean anything, and you start to truly comprehend just how much stress you were under. You see things you never would have believed while you were in the system. And the relief is greater than you ever could have imagined while you were enmeshed.

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I'm Mad Because I Don't Know How to Ask You for Lasagna

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Jenn

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Breed 'Em and Weep

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I smile, I'm funny, and I have no idea how to ask you for help. I could not ask for help when my babies were born, a perfectly reasonable time to ask for help. Maybe the most reasonable time, outside of a death, to ask for help. No one brought casseroles; I never made it onto a list like that. Secretly I cried, feeling like a freak. I don't give off the right vibe. I have never mastered it. But I want your lasagna. I really do.

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